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Domus Germany 28 – November 2017

Domus Germany 28 – November 2017

A survey by the German Federal Foundation for Building Culture showed that 44 percent of people want to live in a rural environment, 33 percent in a medium to small city and only 23 percent in a large city. In fact, around three-quarters of the population of Germany live in a city region. Although of the 4500 municipalities are only 30 percent city. No wonder we are swarming with deceleration, urban landlust, city gardens and homemade jam, when the need for rural life prevails inside us and a deep desire for earthing is instinctively slumbering somewhere. In order to present you the potential and appealing architectural solutions in the country, this edition of the German domus is devoted to longing for the regional.

For example, the SoHo architecture office in Memmingen spices the province with contemporary architecture. Each project is the result of a sensitive perception of the situation and an open dialogue. "Those who are interested in traditional building in the countryside," says the architect Alexander Nägele, "can be certain that it is rarely straight. There is deviation from symmetry, irregular volume, change in building material and color. These are indications, which is a thing of the past. Surprising remains hanging, animate the collective memory. I am interested in this, and we are happy to play with it. "This is how unique houses are built that are geared to the actual needs of the client.

Domus Germany 28 – November 2017 – cover
Domus Germany 28 – November 2017 – cover

Likewise, the architects of qbatur in Quedlinburg in Saxony-Anhalt are working with natural irregularities, which lead to the building in the monument. "We like to work with natural building materials. This was also a motivation in the preservation of monuments because the break between conventional and ecological construction is not present here, "says Rudolph Koehler. Quedlinburg, with its 2,000 half-timbered houses, is a world heritage site. This means that every project is an exploration between the necessary preservation of monuments and the desired contemporary formulation.

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